Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure
The Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure sets out the NSW Government’s new framework for determining applications for the grant, renewal and transfer of mineral and petroleum titles under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 and Mining Act 1992. This page overviews the Procedure and its current status.
The Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure sets the NSW Government’s framework for determining applications to grant, renew, transfer and assess titles under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 and Mining Act 1992.
Its purpose is to improve the decision making process with respect to titles and to reflect the need to ensure only competent operators have licences.
They were implemented in response to community concerns and DRE information which reflected that prospecting licences and petroleum operators in particular where not capable of fulfilling environmental, community engagement, financial and compliance conditions of their titles.
The purpose of the minimum standards is to set a minimum bar which title applicants and holders must meet before grants, refusals, transfers and cancellations of licences are made.
Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure originally applied to titles under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 from March 2015.
These standards were set out in the Petroleum Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure and applied to petroleum prospecting titles only.
To view or download the Petroleum Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure:
In March 2016, new legislative changes commenced which allowed a decision-maker to take into account whether an application meets the minimum standards relevant to the resource for which the application has been made (i.e. coal, minerals or petroleum).
The aim here is to create assessment criteria that ensure a minimum bar for all resource activities.
The standards themselves are not yet released, but it is expected that they will be released shortly.